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Letter of the day: reunification debate

I wonder how the people of the Republic view the clamour for a border poll and reunification.

Alban Maginness, in his column (Comment, April 19), seems to think that the reunification of Ireland is inevitable, and Gerry Adams is almost beside himself with excitement. But is he right to be?

Certainly, lip-service is paid to reunification as a goal - it's like the clamour for an Irish Language Act - but it has had very little effect in the Republic for a century.

Perhaps people should consider the real history of partition. The truth is that nationalists were not so much cut off from the 'Free State' as abandoned by it. When push came to shove, the south was more important than the troublesome north.

I suspect that there is real consternation in Dublin that their bluff may be called and their little applecart (which is trundling along quite nicely, thank you) may be about to be upset and they will be landed with the six counties/the black north (take your pick from these) along with all its baggage. In reality, the people in the north - all of them - are seen are 'different' from the rest of the island.

The truth is that, since 1922, unionists have let slip numerous opportunities to engage with nationalists and make the Union the rational choice for us all.

I just hope that they do not miss yet another.

raymond hughes

Ballyclare, Co Antrim

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